Welcome Heidi Wessman Kneale
How do you find time to write?
I make time. I'm a professional author, so I don't squeeze it in between all my other commitments or do it whenever. It's a job, so I schedule time out of my life to do it, and fit other things around it.
What’s your publishing tips?
Whatever path you choose, research your industry, and network with others who've done it. Want to go traditional? Follow agent blogs and chat up traditionally published authors. Want to go indie? Hang out with indie authors and read indie publishing blogs. Make friends. Don't just talk shop with them, but develop a genuine interest in them. After all these people are going to be your peers and potential cheer squad.
Any promotional and marketing tips?
I've found my best ROI is when I market to people who are actively looking to buy books. Newsletter promo lists (like Fussy Librarian or Freebooksy) have worked well for me, while banner ads on websites... not so much.
Tell us about your recent book.
Actually, my recent book is a Fantasy Romance trilogy. I released the first book, God of the Dark in October, Bride of the Dark soon after, and the final book, House of the Dark, in December. I was inspired by the stories from Greek mythology and the cover art reflects the art found on Grecian urns. While some readers have described Of The Dark as a Persephone retelling, it's so much more than that. I also relied heavily on the stories of Zeus and Hera, Adrasteia, and others. I was also influenced by the Reluctant Hero trope.
Adrastea, a simple country healer, is surprised to receive a marriage proposal from the Dark God Mor-Lath. As a devotee of a rival god, of course she turns him down. She was raised on chilling tales of this Chthonic being who drags the souls of the unrepentant to Dom-al-gol. Adrastea loves her simple country life of brewing medicines and saving lives. Marriage to Mor-Lath would greatly complicate things. Besides, why would the Dark God propose to her?
Undaunted by her refusal, Mor-Lath insists on courting her. Sometimes he is charming, winning over the other villagers, but other times, she sees him for the dark god he truly is. He refuses to let anyone stand in his way. While he makes it clear he'll only have her willingly, he's making it very difficult for her to say no. She wonders, what is he really after?
Adrastea faces a quandary: if she accepts the Dark God's marriage proposal, she'll lose her very soul. But if she rejects it, the world itself and everything in it might be at stake. Either way, the price is too high.
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Groot the puppy, my faithful companion, sits by my side while I write my stories.